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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

  • The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats-

    Engineered socially

    The 2014 State of the Endpoint survey revealed that spear-phishing incidents are the origin of 45 percent of APTs. Often the easiest way for attackers to gain access is directly through an organization’s end users. Using social engineering, they will determine the best way to contact a user in a way that appears legitimate, and use that user as a launching pad for the rest of the attack until the whole system is under their control.

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The ABCs of Advanced Persistent Threats

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    Engineered socially

    The 2014 State of the Endpoint survey revealed that spear-phishing incidents are the origin of 45 percent of APTs. Often the easiest way for attackers to gain access is directly through an organization’s end users. Using social engineering, they will determine the best way to contact a user in a way that appears legitimate, and use that user as a launching pad for the rest of the attack until the whole system is under their control.

As employees and IT professionals return from the holidays, many are doing so with 2014 New Year’s resolutions in mind. For IT pros, we hope that one of your resolutions is to bolster your organization’s security and defenses in 2014. One of the rising threats that many IT professionals should be concerned about defending against in the new year is advanced persistent threats (APTs). According to the 2014 State of the Endpoint Report, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lumension, 40 percent of organizations experienced an APT attack in the last 12 months. Paul Zimski of Lumension provides an overview of many of the key terms and themes associated with APTs to prevent you from becoming one of them.